Women Writers in Renaissance England : Longman Annotated Series / Edition 1

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This lively book surveys women writers in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Its selection is vast, historically representative, and original, taking examples from twenty different, relatively unknown authors in all genres of writing, including poetry, fiction, religious works, letters and journals, translation, and books on childcare. It establishes new contexts for the debate about women as writers within the period and suggests potential intertextual connections with works by well-known male authors of the same time. Individual authors and works are given concise introductions, with both modern and historical critical analysis, setting them in a theoretical and historicised context. All texts are made readily accessible through modern spelling and punctuation, on-the-page annotation and headnotes. The substantial, up-to-date bibliography provides a source for further study and research. Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate literature students studying the Renaissance or taking courses in women's writing, and of related interest to historians of the period.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582096202
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 4/29/1997
  • Series: Annotated Texts Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Preamble: Women's Self-Image as Writers
Epistle to the Reader, from Diego Ortunez de Calahorra's The Mirror of Princely Deeds and Knighthood (c.1578) 15
Epistle to the Reader, from The French History (1589) 25
Epistle Dedicatory, from Mortality's Memorandum, with a Dream Prefixed (1621) 29
Epistle Dedicatory, from The Mother's Legacy to Her Unborn Child (1624) 34
2 Prose
Queen of England: From The Lamentation of a Sinner (1547) 45
The Examinations
The First Examination (1546) 61
The Latter Examination (1547) 71
From Jane Anger Her Protection for Women (1589) 80
From Miscellanea, Meditations, Memoratives (1604, 1605-6) 97
From The Mother's Blessing (1616) 117
From A Muzzle for Melastomus (1617) 126
A Letter Written by Elizabeth Caldwell to her Husband During the Time of her Imprisonment, from A True Discourse of the Practices of Elizabeth Caldwell (1604) 139
Countess of Lincoln: From The Countess of Lincoln's Nursery (1622) 148
Lady Falkland: From The History of the Life, Reign and Death of Edward II (c. 1627) 160
3 Autobiography
From The Diary of Margaret, Lady Hoby (1599-1605) 191
From Autobiography (c. 1617-1620) 208
From The Autobiographical Papers (1617-1626) 228
From The Diary of Lady Anne Clifford (1616-1619) 245
4 Verse
From A Sweet Nosegay, or Pleasant Posy (1573) 279
From Certain Familiar Epistles and Friendly Letters 282
The Manner of Her Will, and What She Left to London 289
The Lamentation of a Gentlewoman upon the Death of her Late-Deceased Friend, William Gruffith (1578) 303
Countess of Pembroke: From The Psalms (c. 1586-1599) 311
A Dialogue between Two Shepherds, Thenot and Piers, in Praise of Astraea (1602) 334
From The French History (1589) 337
From Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (1611) 360
Selected Songs and Sonnets from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus (1621) 398
and from The Countess of Montgomery's Urania (1621) 416
From Love's Victory (after 1621) 421
A Dream, from Mortality's Memorandum (1621) 431
Textual Notes 444
Bibliography 449
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